I originally read this book a while ago, but wanted to give it a second go because I couldn’t really remember the finer details. I remembered that it was about a man who was battling a dark demonic-type force which had been with him since childhood and subsequently attached itself to his youngest daughter.
I found this book suitably creepy, with nods to some classic horror tropes, such as moving furniture, poltergeist activity and possession. It reminded me a little of the movie Insidious, but without the lame “lets go into the netherworld” ending! I had forgotten the specifics of how this book resolved the storyline, and was not disappointed on the re-read!
This story was self-contained to the troubles of a single family, but hinted at a repeating cycle of events which could perpetuate indefinitely. The demonic/evil force was ambiguous enough to fit into multiple theologies and felt as though it were an elemental force, older than humanity and all of our belief systems.
I personally thoroughly enjoyed this journey to the Deep South and will look out for other books by Ania Ahlborn.
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